Lot # 185
Spring 2012 - 2nd Session Live auction

William Percival (W.P.) Weston
ARCA BCSFA CGP RBA 1879 - 1967 Canadian

Windswept Fir – Albert Head, Vancouver Island
oil on canvas
signed and on verso signed, titled and dated 1953
23 x 27 in  58.4 x 68.6cm

Provenance:
Collection of the Artist, Vancouver
Private Collection, Vancouver
Sold sale of Fine Canadian Art, Heffel Fine Art Auction House, November 18, 1999, lot 31
Private Collection, USA

Literature:
Letia Richardson, The Silence and Solitude, The Art of W.P. Weston, Richmond Art Gallery, 1993, page 11

One of W.P. Weston’s great themes was that of trees, and this transcendent panorama of an ancient fir clinging to a rocky cliff overlooking the sea is a superb example. Weston stated, “I like the trees that have had a struggle, and that’s why I like to paint the trees along the seashore and up on the mountains. They’re like people who have had to fight to live; they’ve developed character.” Reminiscent of Japanese bonsai, here nature itself has shaped and trimmed this tree into a striking work of art. Weston sought out these beautiful and desolate scenes; he did not put people in his paintings, feeling that nature was enough. His strong sense of design is imbued in every element. The swirling rings of the sea’s tidal movement, the distant mountains on the horizon, the arching movement of the sky to the focal point of the wind-sculpted tree create a stunning scene.
In 1937, Weston produced a larger canvas of this scene entitled Windswept (Old Fir, Albert Head). He must have found it compelling to paint it once more.

Estimate: $30,000 ~ $40,000 CAD  
Sold for: $55,575 CAD (including Buyer's Premium)

All prices are in Canadian Dollars.

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